Our Initiative to abolish factory farming takes centre stage across Switzerland
If you take a walk around Zurich or other metropolitan areas in Switzerland today, you will likely come across our campaign posters urging as many voters as possible to say ‘yes!’ to a better future for animals. We are excited to be leading the public discourse on factory farming and driving change through our demos and debates.
On 11 July, we officially launched the campaign to a full media conference in Bern. Philipp Ryf, our co-campaign head, began the conference with a moving introduction. He was followed by representatives from our broad alliance of supporters. They all made strong arguments for the Initiative and outlined our objectives and rationale in a clear and positive way. You can watch a recording of the conference here. We are also happy to share our media kit, containing statements from our supporters. The Initiative’s launch was extensively reported on by the Swiss media, and we intend to maintain this strong momentum.
‘The initiative leads the way to a regional agriculture in Switzerland which respects the needs of the local communities and the animals, and preserves our natural resources.’ – Meret Schneider, national councillor, Green Party.
The campaign was mentioned on the EA Forum by one of our supporters. It quickly became a ‘front page’ post, and shared the results of a recent opinion poll predicting a 55% approval rate. The post gave several reasons to support our campaign, including that ‘the constitutional amendment would be binding for a whole country, including imports, not only for individual companies’, and that the decision could be ‘an inspiration for other countries, as it would be the first decision of its kind in the world.’
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our donors for their vital commitment and financial support. Our community has worked tremendously hard to reach this important threshold. Our campaign team and volunteers are working tirelessly during the final stretch to make intensive farming a thing of the past in Switzerland.
Interspecies diplomacy: ever a possibility? Decoding
Despite the current Swiss political scene, the environmental emergency continues, and its impact on all beings is evermore pressing. And so, we must start now to think about what engaging diplomatically with non-human animals will look like.
One donation, double the impact ✊
Our voice for the animals is more important than ever. Until the end of December, every donation to Sentience will be doubled. For you, this means: one donation, double the impact!
A strong alliance for animals
In collaboration with organizations that supported the initiative to abolish factory farming last year, we devoted two days to exploring ways to enhance the well-being of animals in Swiss agriculture.
Sentience becomes the hundredth member of the Open Wing Alliance
Sentience is the first Swiss organization to join the alliance, which was founded in 2016. In doing so, our organization is committing to become an even stronger advocate for the interests of chickens at home and abroad in the future.
Key Learnings 2022
Both of our initiatives represented landmark achievements for Sentience. They shaped the public discourse in 2022 and contributed to the slow inculcation of animal ethics into mainstream society. Yet, there is room for improvement.
Annual Report 2022
The past year was a huge milestone in the recent history of our association. With the Primate Initiative in Basel and the national referendum on factory farming, two proposals of historical importance came to the ballot box.
Introducing the Protein Lab 2023
We are pleased to introduce our first fully-funded project for 2023. Protein Lab comprises a series of one-day workshops where experts will come together to discuss how our food system can transition towards plant-based protein sources.
Meet the team who will take our work forward in 2023
The most eventful year so far is coming to an end for Sentience. Get to know our new team and support our Matching Challenge so that we can continue our commitment to non-human animals.